Course Title: Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering




City Campus


172H School of Engineering


UGRDFx2019 (ZZZZ),

UGRDFx2019 (XXX3),

UGRDFx2019 (All)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering



Course Coordinator: Dr Nick Brown

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3024

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students must have applied for and been accepted onto a pre-approved Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive prior to enrolling in this course. A list of pre-approved Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensives is included in the Course Guide Part B. 

To enrol in this course, follow these instructions: 

  1. Check your chosen Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive is on the pre-approved list for OENG1164, which can be found in the Course Guide Part B.
  2. Apply for the Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive directly through the approved provider.
  3. If accepted onto the Learning Intensive by the provider, the provider will notify RMIT.  RMIT Academic Services will then email you the course enrolment instructions.

Once your enrolment is confirmed, you will need to register via Mobi (RMIT’s Global Experience Office platform – You will also need to sign a WIL (Work Integrated Learning) agreement in the first course workshop.

Whilst this course is open to students of all year groups, enrolling students should be comfortable with fundamental engineering professional practice such as design, critical thinking, referencing, and communication.

Course Description

This course offers students a unique opportunity to learn about and practice humanitarian engineering skills.  During the course you will learn about global development challenges and the role of engineers in solving these. You will learn how to work with communities and various development stakeholders and how to apply human-centred design principles in humanitarian contexts. You will also learn about appropriate technology and cross-cultural (technical) communication.

This course requires students to participate in a Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive, e.g. those offered by Engineers Without Borders Australia, Unbound, and Pollinate. During the Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated humanitarian context.

Course activities and assessments run before and after the Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive, enabling students to prepare, debrief and reflect on their experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for all Engineering degree programs:

1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
3.4 Professional use and management of information.
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Articulate the roles and responsibilities of professional engineers in humanitarian contexts
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the tools, principles and practices of Humanitarian Engineering
  3. Express how your engineering discipline skills and knowledge can be applied in a humanitarian context as well as acknowledge the relevance of Humanitarian Engineering skills to your own engineering program. 
  4. Identify differences between cultures and adapt professional communication strategies accordingly.

Overview of Learning Activities

The primary learning activity will involve taking part in a Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive taking place either on campus, online, or overseas. The Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive is complemented by online or face-to-face workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources for this course include:

  • Workshop and course materials as provided available online via myRMIT Studies.
  • Lists of relevant reference texts, Library resources and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment consists of range of individual and team assessments to demonstrate your learning and provide feedback on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Please note that this course does not have a final exam.

Assessment tasks-

Assessment Task 1:  Individual discovery
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2


Assessment Task 2: Individual research report
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4


Assessment Task 3: Individual experience report
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 4


Assessment Task 4: Individual reflection
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLO  2, 3 & 4

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturer, delivery-coordinator and/or peers on your assessment tasks.